Casting Out Fear

I woke this morning with a lot of anxiety. My To Do list is pretty long.

But my anxiety is also fueled by the fear I feel all around me. The country is afraid. I feel it in what seems like irrational behavior in public discourse (people carrying guns to town meetings to be safe, claiming the President is a Nazi, etc.).

Fear. It is lethal, when you let it run your life.

Eleanor Roosevelt, said, “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” She knew about fear. She grew up afraid, and conquered fear, and became one of the great figures of the 20th Century.Eleanor Roosevelt

We can overcome the fear that is eating us alive–and I suggest the way to do it is to trust God (and thus trust ourselves and each other).

Ironically, when the Bible speaks of trusting God, it uses the word fear. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Psalm 111). This fear is not to be afraid of God, but to revere God, to worship God.

How do we show reverence for God? Emmet Fox says, “By seeing God everywhere, refusing to recognize anything unlike [God], and by living the Christ life.”

God means for us to love, not fear, one another.